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Journalists receive death threats

Two journalists at northern Swedish newspaper Östersunds-Posten (ÖP) have received a number of anonymous death threats.

Many of the threatening messages sent to the newspapers offices have been of a xenophobic and racist nature and the newspaper has reported the matter to the police.

One of the journalists in particular claims to have been receiving letters, e-mails and phone calls of this type for a number of years.

“They are anonymous comments that suggest they know personal things about me,” he said.

The latest threat was so strongly worded that it has prompted the newspaper to highlight the problem for its readers.

“If you don’t just die soon, I am going to come find you and shove an angle grinder down your anti-Swedish, politically correct throat. A day will come when you will be rewarded with a shot in the neck.”

Staff at the newspaper pledged their support for their colleagues in a lengthy article in Wednesday’s edition of the newspaper.

“Nobody can scare ÖP into silence. If you threaten one employee at ÖP, you also threaten everybody else and everything we do. That is why it is important for us to unite in our defence of freedom of speech,” said newspaper editor Bosse Andersson.

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Attacker ‘severely disturbed’ during stabbing at Swedish political festival

Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

Attacker 'severely disturbed' during stabbing at Swedish political festival

According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

READ ALSO: What do we know about the Almedalen knife attack?

Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden. 

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